Yes, the word might evoke in many of us the vibes similar to that of a horror movie. But is it fair to cast maths as a villain? What if we have just misunderstood it? (both literally and metaphorically)
In fact, math isn’t all that complicated. With the right steps and mindset, one could easily make it their best friend. Befriending maths comes with a bunch of attractive perks as well.
Say bye to the fear and let’s be friends
The first step would be to alleviate that fear. What does fear do? It creates a negative mindset where one might find maths as a very complicated subject and the inability to master it. In the case of young students, parents and educators can play the lead role to dispel or prevent this negative mindset and air of fear right at the outset.
Practice for perfection
It is important to invest the required time and effort. Not understanding the subject, making mistakes while solving math problems often cause a dent in a child’s confidence. Finishing assignments in a timely manner, clarifying areas that are difficult to understand, and repeated practice are very helpful. Parents and teachers can prove to be a major support structure in this case. Children should understand that it is ok to make mistakes and one can learn from them, getting the hang of it with the efforts they put in.
Asking questions and seeking help.
Curiosity is good. Encourage the habit of asking questions and seeking clarification for doubts. These are indications of growing interest in any subject and properly addressing them can enhance it more.
Math can be fun
In the present scenario, there are many programs and tools available to teach math in a fun way. Once children enjoy what they do, it opens up the desire to explore unlimited boundaries.
Social media and search engines are a great boon in the modern world. Browsing these sources will help parents and teachers to find one such program that may interest their child. Go on YouTube and watch a few math hack videos or enroll in an abacus program. Try watching videos on Vedic maths or other interesting math concepts and methods.
We all know the importance of the concept of Maths in all walks of our life. So have fun with Math and make it your best friend.
Are you ready??
Sharmila Suresh is the Program Director and an Abacus instructor for over 3 years. Her philosophy is to create an environment that fosters the importance of learning and a strong work ethic. She is very passionate and teaches from the heart while allowing students to discover their abilities and mould them into confident individuals.